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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
In order to get really good at Adobe Camera Raw, we need to have a solid working understanding of the Adobe Camera Raw interface. So here what I want to do is highlight a few of these different interface elements which I have called out with these different lines. Up at the top, you'll notice that we have different tools. These tools allow us to do things like zoom in or out or crop or sample color. Mixed into these tools, you'll also find this important icon, this allows us to open up the Preferences dialog, so that we can dial in some important preferences while working with Camera Raw.
Moving over to the right, there is a button which has a shortcut, it's the Preview button. If you press the P key, it allows you to see the before and the after view of the work that you're doing in a particular panel. Next, we have a button which allows us to toggle between the normal and full screen views. You almost always want to work with Adobe Camera Raw in Fullscreen mode. Down below we have these different tabs. These tabs give us access to various panels. You'll spend the majority of your time with these different panels and you'll use these to correct and enhance your photographs.
Down in the bottom right-hand corner, we have a button which allows us to exit and also apply the settings that we've specified here in Camera Raw. This would then take us back to the Adobe Bridge. Yet let's say that rather than exiting Camera Raw, what we want to do is open our image or images in Photoshop. Well, we can do that by clicking on this button here. This will then open these files directly into Photoshop with all of the settings that we've applied in Adobe Camera Raw. Next to that, we have this little information line.
This is actually an interactive link. If you click on it, it will open up some workflow options, which allow you to specify image size and also color space information. Let's say that what you want to do perhaps is save a RAW file as a JPG. To do that, you can click on this button here. This will open up the Save dialog where you have a number of different options in regards to saving your files in different formats and also with different naming conventions. And then last but not least we have some controls, which allow us to change the zoom rate of our photographs.
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